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George Yamaoka, American lawyer. Decorated 3d Order Sacred Treasure Japanese Government, 1968.


Yamaoka, George was born on January 26, 1903 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Ototaka and Jhoko (Watanabe) Yamaoka.


Student of University Washington, 1921-1924. Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, 1928.


1 daughter, Colette Miyoko (Mistress Henry Sonderegger). With Japanese Government Commission, Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition, 1926. Adviser Japanese Consulate General, 1928-1929, Japanese delegate London Naval Conference, 1929-1930.

Admitted to New York bar, 1931, Japanese bar, 1949. Practice in New York City, from 1931, Tokyo from 1949. Associate firm. Hunt, Hill & Betts, 1930-1940, partner, 1940-1956.

Senior partner Hill Betts & Nash, 1956 60, senior partner Hill, Betts, Yamaoka & Logan, Tokyo, 1956-1960, Hill, Betts, Yamaoka, Freehill & Longcope, 1960-1970, Hill, Betts & Nash, from 1970. Chairman board Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company. Director Ehrenreich Photo Optical Industries, Inc.

Secretary, director Bank Tokyo Trust Company. New York City Okura & Company (American), Inc., Jiji Press (New York) Ltd., 24 Gramercy Park, Inc. Chairman American Defense Supreme Commander Allied Powers International Military Tribunal Far East, 1946-1949.

Member of advisory panel international law United States State Department, 1972-1974.


Member American, Federal, New York, 1st (Tokyo) bar associations, Association Bar City New York, New York County Lawyers Association, Consular Law Society (president-elect), American Foreign Law Association, International Law Association, Maritime Law Association United States, Japanese Chamber of Commerce (director), Japan Society New York (honorary director), Japanese American Association New York (honorary president). Clubs: Paris American (secretary).


Married Henriette d’Auriac, March 18, 1933.

Ototaka Yamaoka

Jhoko (Watanabe) Yamaoka

Henriette d’Auriac